Friday, March 18, 2005

WORK IS NOT SLAVERY

Even hard work is NOT slavery. Now working hard for someone else's benefit under conditions of bondage and servitude with no legal way out is slavery. What exactly is slavery? Where is the line drawn between slavery and freedom?

It is 2005, the age of information and technology. Mental and spiritual slavery is much more common and effective as a means of exploitation- except in the penal system. According to the Constitution, 1. Neither slavery nor involuntary servitude, except as a punishment for crime whereof the party shall have been duly convicted, shall exist within the United States, or any place subject to their jurisdiction. This amendment was never rewritten. Slavery is STILL legal. If you look at the imprisonment rates for the country from 1970-2000 the number incarcerated has grown from 200,000 to over 2 million according to the US Dept. of Justice.

Prisons are being built like shopping centers. The prison system is being privatized. The incarceration rate for Blacks is 43.9% of the total prison population. Blacks get jailed at nearly ten times the rate of whites. Looks like they're trying to bring slavery back-physically!

Work is NOT slavery, even hard work cannot be called "slavery". What is slavery is working under bondage and servitude with no benefit for yourself. If you work hard and "slave" for yourself or your family, that's something different. Our experience during slavery and the entire time since then, Blacks have grown an aversion to "work", not that we're lazy, we just can't stand the idea of being "pimped"-especially for our backs and labor.

I believe the struggle for freedom and liberation is in itself hard-work. If you have to work all day for ten dollars in order to eventually free yourself and your family- that's what you have to do. I , myself would rather work for nothing (no printed money) on my own land or factory or business than to work for someone else's benefit. Most great men have had to work hard and sacrifice in order to further themselves and accomplish their goals, there is nothing wrong with that, in fact, it is consistent with the Creator's reason for giving us life. I believe work is freedom. There is no stronger unity than a people working together towards one aim and purpose. All the egos, jealousies, envies, etc., fall to the wayside in the face of the "struggle". The common mission is more important than the petty grievances within the group.

Mental slavery is a condition in which you are being trained by educational and psychological means to be a tool for exploitation by someone else. Mental slavery works like this: You get tired of not working and advancing, you get despondent and depressed, you turn to readily available drugs. "They" wage a "war on drugs", you get caught with drugs, you go to prison and become a physical slave. Scenario 2: You get bored and despondent about no having work or a means of progression, you're already poor amongst the poor. You can sell readily available drugs and make more cash money in a day than anybody you know without having to punch a clock. You sell in you community, "they" watch, take notes- bam! You go to prison and become a physical slave all over again.

Somehow we are being mental slaves to somebody, because we're ending up back in bondage- physical slavery. If we could "slave" for our own spiritual, economic, and educational growth; we could become (or remain) free. By being a slave to ourselves and our future rather somebody else's slave, we mist just survive the attack. I don't use that word "attack" lightly. Let's look at it for what it is worth. "Bodies are falling, but I didn't see where the shots came."

Peace
Ill Ridge

9 Comments:

Anonymous Anonymous said...

I appreciate your comments on work and freedom.

I'd find your comments on prison as slavery more compelling if the government was making money off prisons. But my understanding is that they're an expensive drain on public resources.

As to the war on drugs -- I'd love to get rid of that expense, too. But do you think legalizing pot and crack would help people in your neighborhood?

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Blogger Billy Jones said...

You're right that slavery is alive and well in this country. Let's also not forget that National Geographic estimates there are over 1 million slaves working in the illegal sex trades in this country, the vast majority immigrants who were kidnapped as children or tricked into thinking they would become citizens once they got here.

In Mexico and in this country teenage girls are forced to become drug addicts and then prostitutes. That's what all the border kidnappings are all about.

Bush's planned guest worker program will enslave as many as it helps.

And don't forget: some wingers proposed just last year that Indentured Servitude in the form of debtors prisons be brought back. As a matter of fact: just three years ago debtors prisons still existed on some of the reservations, and might still today.

And while I oppose the legalization of crack, I think a better system could be worked out so that the system doesn't manufacture criminals from minor offenders.

As for pot, no one has ever proved it to be any more dangerous than alcohol and far less dangerous than tobacco. The reason pot was made illegal in the first place had nothing to do with it's use as a drug-- the cotton and paper industries were trying to get rid of pot's cousin, Hemp, so they could raise the price of their products without competition.

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